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{{Unit|image=[[Image:Carronade frigate.png]]|Class=6th Rate|Men=76|Guns=24|Recruitable From=Drydock|Region=Global|Recruitment Cost=1170|Upkeep Cost=290|Technology Needed=Carronades}}
{{Unit|image=[[Image:Carronade frigate.png]]|Class=6th Rate|Men=76|Weaponry=24 guns|Minimum Building Requirement=Drydock|Region=Global|Recruitment Cost=1170|Upkeep Cost=290|Technology Needed=Carronades}}

Revision as of 15:17, 13 July 2011

Carronade Frigate (ETW Unit)
Carronade frigate.png
Class 6th Rate
Unit Size
Weaponry 24 guns
Melee Attack
Ranged Attack
Charge Bonus
Region Global
Recruitment Cost 1170
Upkeep Cost 290
Turns to Build
Unit Limit
Building Requirements
Technology Requirements


Normally frigates would be armed with long guns, probably no larger than 12-pounders. A few short-barrelled 64-pounder carronades might be aboard to give a close-in broadside more weight of shot. A carronade frigate goes one better, and carries nothing but carronades – short guns that are half the weight of the equivalent conventional cannon. While the weight of a broadside is truly awesome, the frigate has to get in close in order to blow an enemy to smithereens thanks to the carronades’ limited range. A clever enemy will stay out of range of the carronades’ horrendous power and take long range pot shots.

Historically, only the Royal Navy experimented with an all-carronade armament aboard HMS Glatton (in service from 1795). Glatton carried 28 64-pounder and 28 32-pounder carronades, giving a weight of fire that was more than 17% greater than HMS Victory could deliver at the Battle of Trafalgar! This massive firepower allowed her, on one occasion, to chase all eight vessels in a French squadron back into port. Oddly enough, the next two vessels to carry the name “Glatton” in RN service were also massively over-armed.